Life-long Rogue Valley resident, Harvey Gene Hueners, was born into eternal life on February 20, 2014. He received a blessed and peaceful death with family at his side. Thanks be to God.
Harvey's life began April 22, 1936 on the family's farm, Crater View Ranch, near Jacksonville, Ore. He was born into this farm family, the first grandson of John H. and Minnie Hueners, and the first-born of Ernest and Marie ReinkingHueners. His brother, Gary Wayne Hueners, was born in 1938, and his sister, Shirleen Marilyn Hueners Medina, in 1947. Harvey received Holy Baptism at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Medford, Ore. on May 24, 1936, and would later reaffirm his pledge to the Lord Jesus Christ through the Rite of Confirmation on May 21, 1950. As he grew in his faith, he gave serious consideration to studying for the ministry, but some early choices in life sent him in a different direction, though the desire never left him. Harvey was always one to remind and encourage friends and family of their Christian faith and its power.
Harvey lived and grew up among many hard-working German family and friends. Certainly, a strong work ethic was passed on to him by his grandfather, his father, and his uncle, Albert Hueners. Harvery's father and Uncle Albert eventually became long-time partners in owning and operating the family's farm, Crater View Ranch. Like all children of farm families, the rhythm of daily life found him doing chores before he went to school and more afterward. There were dairy cows and sheep to tend and fields to prepare, to seed and mow: enough to keep a fellow working hard and out of trouble. When Harv was inclined to tire of doing chores, his father was quick to remind him that if he would fix his mind on "working as unto the Lord" he would feel better, and God was faithful.
Harvey graduated from Jacksonville High School with the class of 1955, after serving as student body president. He loved sports and took part in all that were offered. In June 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Iverson (Jahnsen), and two of his children, Debbie and Mark, were born. In 1962 his son, Gene Scott, was born of his marriage to Zelma Childress (Yerby). In June 1966, he met a woman of abundant patience and loving good will, Virgilia May (Jill) O'Brien, the love of his life. They married November 4, 1966; and their union endured until his death.
Harvey was proud to be an American and believed his country was exceptional. He served with the Naval Reserve beginning in 1956. In his work life, he gave 40 years to being a short-haul truck driver, and retired from United Grocers. He was part of the Teamster's Union and for some years, served as a steward. As the opportunity arose in 1971, Harv and his father, Ernest, bought the original Dell's Hamburgers business, Medford's original fast food operation. Before McDonald's was here Dell's served Medford. That partnership lasted over a decade. Dell's presented a fond bit of history for Harv and his father and brother, Gary. During the years of WWII, when Harvey's grandparents (Art and Mayble Reinking) owned the roller skating concession at Medford's old Armory building on North Bartlett Street, Harv and his brother enjoyed being kids. In the evenings when farm chores were done, their parents joined with Art and Mayble who welcomed the many soldiers who spent some of their free time at the roller rink. The soldiers came from "Camp White" (now known as White City) which was an Army training installation and also a place where some German prisoners of war were housed. They met soldiers from all over the country and the young boys were engaging enough to earn candy and tips, etc. Their tip money was spent on hamburgers from Dell's. Those were good times in spite of the war.
Harv was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and looked forward to annual hunting trips to Eastern Oregon with his family and friends. He and his best friend, Tom Wall, had many adventures together as kids in school and through the years as their lives would unfold. All of this made for rich material to use in one of Harv's favorite pursuits, recounting the many stories attached to his growing up, his family, and to those adventures with Tom. Harv and Tom were just ordinary guys, but oh the stories they could tell. They should have written a book!
Harv loved the freedom of flying and owned two airplanes over his lifetime. His other interests included reading, and collecting old movies and enjoying everything John Wayne ever did. He also enjoyed cooking delicious food as much as eating it; and he always invited others to share it. He loved family. His grandchildren have remarked on his influence with regard to their futures. The future is as good or as challenging as you perceive it. If you have dreams, work hard, keep trying and never give up. Pray for guidance and stay close to your Lord Jesus. In the outcome, God will never fail you. He may change you. But He will never fail you. Harvey had many dreams. Some of them didn't come true, but as we look back, we're not sorry we were a part of them. Each in the family has his own perspective. Until that Last Day when Christ comes, we will be working out our own life stories, just as Harv did his. God bless us, every one.
Harvey Gene Hueners is survived by his wife, Jill; a daughter, Debbie (Jack) Adair of Medford, Ore.; his sons, Mark (Debbie) Hueners of Butte Falls, Ore. and Gene Scott (Janice) Hueners of Redmond, Ore. There are also 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gary; and his great-granddaughter,
Caroline Adair. He is loved and will be greatly missed.
A service in memory of Harvey will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 Columbus Ave., Medford, OR.